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City National Bank Crystal Visa Infinite (USA); NY GA TN NV CA MA DC & MN

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Current welcome offer is 50,000 30,000 Crystal points with $5,000 $3,000 spending in the first 90 days. First annual fee not waived. (as of telephone call with bank employee 8/7/2019)

Past bonuses were:

***** #1502 - signup bonus 1/16/18 BUT ANNUAL FEE NOT WAIVED ******

100,000 points after spending $5,000 in first three months. Offer expires 30 December 2015. EXPIRED

A 70,000 points offer was offered back in March 2017 and expired March 31st, 2017. EXPIRED

The requirements for the application process varies from bank to bank based on various online data points collected from FlyerTalk, Doctor of Credit, etc.

Some banks require that you go into a branch and apply personally. Other banks want you to have another account open for 90 days before you can get this card. Some banks (if you already have a relationship with them) let you apply via mail. Sometimes you have to be a resident of the state they operate in, while some were able to get the card without living in those states. It is very much YMMV. You will need proof of income (W2, check stubs, etc). The only states City National Bank operates in are: NY, DE (only trust office, no go), DC, GA, TN, MN, NV & CA. The bank is looking for high net worth individuals, but that's not exactly consistent either.

The card has no foreign transactions fees and is fee-free the first year, then $400 annually.

Register your card for online access (cno.cnb.com). This changed on Sept 19 2019.
Register separately for the award page (www.cnbrewards.com).
Register for Visa Infinite info and access at https://myvisainfinite.com/cnb/en_us/home.html
Click "my info" to see details on points awarded.
Best* redemption found to date is $1,000 prepaid visa for 105K pts. It's now 125K pts for a $1,000 prepaid visa. Link to catalog
*(other than spending for flights etc. & getting 1.2 cents each in value)

To set-up spending alerts, create an account here : http://citynationalbank.digitalcardservice.com

Point redemptions for flights have been reported as being as high as 1.35cpp (see here) by calling the Concierge service at +1 800 595 8950 and having them book direct from airline website for you

Significant benefits:

$250 per calendar year airline incidental credit - works on AU card as well - STARTING JAN 1ST, 2020 THE CREDIT WILL BE $350 PER ACCOUNT
$100 Global Entry fee credit - works on AU card as well Per DDResq post 842
Priority Pass lounge membership for up to 2 people. No fee for any number of guests, but lounge policy may limit the number of guests admitted.- STARTING JAN 1ST, 2020 EACH ADDITIONAL GUEST BEYOND ACCOUNT HOLDER WILL BE CHARGED $32
12 GoGo inflight passes - create an account at myvisainfinite.com/cnb. Once the account is created, you enter, then search for GoGo passes. You then input your card number again, create a GoGo account if you don't have one, and the 12 passes post to it ready to be used when you fly again on a participating airline. - works on AU card as well
$100 off when you book a qualifying airline itinerary via visa discount air portal (https://www.visadiscountair.com/CNB/default.aspx - STARTING JAN 1ST, 2020 THIS WILL NO LONGER BE OFFERED AS A BENEFIT
$30 off GroundLink car service (works with AU cards as well) plus instant 15% off rides. There are $25 current user referrals to go for first.

Airline fees are reimbursed up to $250 per calendar year. Fees must be from domestic carriers. There is no need to declare a carrier, and fees can be reimbursed from multiple carriers. Partial Ts and Cs:

Qualifying Airline Purchases are defined as incidental airline fee transactions made at eligible US Domestic Airline Carriers and include: ticket change/cancellation fees, checked baggage fees, inflight entertainment, onboard food and beverage charges, airport lounge membership fees and day passes, onboard wireless charges (excluding Gogo Wireless), and TSA Pre✓ membership application fee.


What works
AA: Award Fees/Taxes, Award Redeposit Fees ($150)
AA: e-Gift cards $250 including AUs (1x per card max 4)
AS: Award ticket fees, $16
AS: In flight food, entertainment.
AS: Premium Class Upgrade, $59

HA: Interisland Flight, $48.80
UA: award ticket fees, $51
WN: Award Fees/Taxes, Award Redeposit Fees (limit unknown, but it's between $75 and $80 per transaction), Early Bird boarding fees ($15)
DL: Baggage fees
B6: $53.30 airfare

What doesn't work
AS: Award ticket fees, $130ish
DL: GC; PGGM (reports of not working since April/2016)
DL: Just about anything. Don't use on Delta
UA: MPX, Award Fees (~$170)
UA: Gift card registry (up to $75) (No longer working as of 11/25/17)
UA: Seat Selection Fee
WN: GC
EY: Award Fees
TW: Change fee
UO: Seat fee
AA: Award Fees/Taxes on an itinerary originating outside the US.

To Be Confirmed
UA: Award Redeposit Fees ($200)


Global Entry reimbursements: (works on AU also)

user - mnsweeps ( https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/29336509-post1549.html )

Used mine and a AU card to register for GE for in laws
01/17/201801/18/2018USCUSTOMS TRUSTEDTRAVELER$100.00
01/17/201801/18/2018USCUSTOMS TRUSTEDTRAVELER$100.00

Credit posted today for both cards.
01/20/201801/24/2018GLOBAL ENTRY STMT CREDIT $100.00
01/20/201801/24/2018GLOBAL ENTRY STMT CREDIT $100.00

In 2016, 2017 AND 2018 airline incidental credits for transactions on-or-after January 1st did not start posting until the third week of January. In 2019 they started posting on Jan 11th.

For further information, see this

STARTING JAN 1ST, 2020 there are going to be major changes to this card, these being:[/s]
  • $350 airline incidental credit per account (was $250 per AU)
    • $95 Annual Fee per AU
      • $32 per guest using PriorityPass (used to be free & unlimited)
        • Elimination of $100 Visa Air Discount Benefit
          • Groceries and Gas only earn 1x (used to be 3x)

Sources:

discussion starting here

https://www.cnb.com/content/dam/cnbc...ewards2020.pdf
https://www.cnb.com/content/dam/cnbc...rystal2020.pdf


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City National Bank Crystal Visa Infinite (USA); NY GA TN NV CA MA DC & MN

Old Jan 9, 17, 3:50 pm
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Join Date: Sep 2012
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Originally Posted by justpetehere
Yes, as long as changes are made at least 60 days prior to flight departure.

https://www.alaskaair.com/content/mi...redeeming.aspx
Hmm, sounds like it might work then.
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Old Jan 9, 17, 3:53 pm
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Join Date: May 2011
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Originally Posted by justpetehere
Yes, as long as changes are made at least 60 days prior to flight departure.

https://www.alaskaair.com/content/mi...redeeming.aspx
I will try it right now. I will let you guys know.
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Old Jan 10, 17, 1:11 am
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Originally Posted by livestrongforever
I will try it right now. I will let you guys know.
Please let us know! I'm probably going to try it soon as well, trying to determine if I should do multiple smaller fees (<$70) or a single $300+ fee (ie, for BA trans-Atl flights).
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Old Jan 10, 17, 5:27 am
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Join Date: Aug 2015
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Did WN PGGM 1/1, no reimbursement yet. How long has it been taking for y'all?
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Old Jan 10, 17, 5:45 am
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Originally Posted by livestrongforever
Looks like some of you are coming back to this thread after doing PGGM earlier in 2016. I can tell you whats working and whats not.

PGGM stopped working in mid to late 2016. Trust me, I tried it after adding some Authorized Users.

AA gift card (electronic or Physical) still works.
WN award purchase + Tax (as long as its around $30-$70) works.

Thats what I have been doing. I have two accounts with 8 authorized users total. I Just paid $800 annual fee today and hoping to get $2000 in Fees back by cancelling southwest Award booking flights over and over again.
How much fees do you pay per ticket? I am thinking you will have to do dozens of booking and cancellation to get $2,000 in credit. Also, when you cancel your award booking, WN credits back the fees to your credit card, right? How does that interfere with CNB's credit?
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Old Jan 10, 17, 8:06 am
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I'm also wondering if these $50 Alaska and $39 Jetblue sales would work. Usually they don't know what is purchased, and just credit on a certain amount.

Anyone want to try?
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Old Jan 10, 17, 8:35 am
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Those who did WN PGGM, has anybody tried cancelling the flight before the credit posts? It works for Chase and City, but I've never tried it on CNB.
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Old Jan 10, 17, 10:28 am
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Originally Posted by ifish110
Did WN PGGM 1/1, no reimbursement yet. How long has it been taking for y'all?
I'm in the same boat. Hopefully something didn't change in 2017.
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Old Jan 10, 17, 10:40 am
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Originally Posted by araknis
I'm in the same boat. Hopefully something didn't change in 2017.
I did WN PGGM early 2016 and I remember it took around 2 weeks. Many of us had similar concerns last year.
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Old Jan 10, 17, 10:41 am
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Originally Posted by ifish110
Did WN PGGM 1/1, no reimbursement yet. How long has it been taking for y'all?
It usually takes longer if you do it over the weekend, and 1/1 is holiday, 1/2 could be as well, so it would be longer.

The last one I did for 2016 with WN PGGM was 12/30/16 and I see the rebate on 1/6/17 although the date for the rebate was 1/5/17. Maybe if I had checked late on 1/5, I would have seen it? not sure. You are likely to see it late tonight, if not, tomorrow morning. Good luck!
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Old Jan 10, 17, 3:32 pm
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Has anyone has success getting United Travel Bank credited in 2017? I was successful with 75, 50, and 25 amounts as recently as September, but my recent purchases in the same amounts have not been credited yet. I am a bit concerned.
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Old Jan 10, 17, 6:00 pm
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Originally Posted by gmangg
Has anyone has success getting United Travel Bank credited in 2017? I was successful with 75, 50, and 25 amounts as recently as September, but my recent purchases in the same amounts have not been credited yet. I am a bit concerned.
Wait a bit longer ...
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Old Jan 10, 17, 8:02 pm
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Originally Posted by jackiesyu
It usually takes longer if you do it over the weekend, and 1/1 is holiday, 1/2 could be as well, so it would be longer.

The last one I did for 2016 with WN PGGM was 12/30/16 and I see the rebate on 1/6/17 although the date for the rebate was 1/5/17. Maybe if I had checked late on 1/5, I would have seen it? not sure. You are likely to see it late tonight, if not, tomorrow morning. Good luck!
Do you wait until after the credit posts before cancelling the flight?
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Old Jan 10, 17, 10:46 pm
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Originally Posted by paladin732
I'm also wondering if these $50 Alaska and $39 Jetblue sales would work. Usually they don't know what is purchased, and just credit on a certain amount.

Anyone want to try?
Why not, I'll let you know in a week if a $49xx credit kicked.
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Old Jan 10, 17, 11:28 pm
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Originally Posted by paladin732
I'm also wondering if these $50 Alaska and $39 Jetblue sales would work. Usually they don't know what is purchased, and just credit on a certain amount.

Anyone want to try?
what sales?
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